DIY Sunburst Mirrors, Lego’s & Art

 
Now I know none of you would do any of the things I am going to reveal, but I have a little confession to make.  I cut corners, my closets are messy.  The garage (hoarding mother ship you already know about) is sketchy.  Sometimes crafting is a messy business.  It’s not all hot glue and wine bottles.  There are tough days, days where I don’t even want to watch HGTV, and I can barely find 5,000 things that I want to make on Pinterest that day.  Some days I don’t use primer, I forget to make it to JoAnn’s to use my coupons.  And I don’t do a very good job cleaning my paintbrushes. I feel better, thank you for not judging…
 

 
But it’s those days that you mess around with some glue, a crappy old mirror, and hope that the design you have in your head will transfer itself from your head to your hands.  And it will turn out pretty.  And with a little tweaking, a few adjustments, the right amount of metallic spray paint, and your thought has become art. 
 
That’s what I think happened when I worked on this mirror, it ended up becoming much larger than I planned.  It’s awkward to lift or carry.  And it’s a hot mess when you look at the back with criss crossed lines of glue.  But I like it, and after the paint dried, I hung it above my fireplace and I have not moved it once.  That never happens.
 
When I hear someone say “I’m not artistic” I try not to correct them, but usually cannot help myself.  Yes you are artistic, you cook, or garden, or sew, or make Popsicle towers with your kids.  If we take a thought, or a feeling, and use our voice, written (or typed!) word, shape clay or yarn, wipe noses and encourage a four year old that their Lego ship is magnificent, we are artists.  We are encourager’s, and I believe this is why many of us become bloggers.  We love to share what is in our hearts and heads, and help each other along the way.
 
 
Thank you for helping me along the way, thank you for your kind words, encouragement and reminders that we all need each other and we are all in this together.  And thank you for not turning me in about the whole garage thing.  I really am going to work on it soon.  March is looking good at this point.
 
Wishing you a blessed, fabulous week, hugs to you 🙂
 
Tanya

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You May Be A Thrifter If…

 
Do you know which days are half-price days at your local thrift stores?
Do you fall asleep Pinning more than one night a week?
Have you ever been extremely ill (on your way to or from the store for medicine) and stopped at a yard sale?
If you missed a weekend of thrifting do you feel slightly on edge and worried that you are missing the deal of the century?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.  There are a lot of us.  We are DIY’ers, thrifters, crafters, dumpster-divers, upcyclers, roadside rescuers, and professionals at seeing what could be. 
 
 
I love, love, LOVE to create something pretty out of something not so great.  In the first grade I was banished to the back of the classroom for the majority of the year for talking too much and wondering where the heck the awesome toys from Kindergarten went.  I spent recess convincing my classmates that the rocks and pieces of pretty colored glass I found were treasures.  The next 15 years were spent creating strange outfits, sporting Flock Of Seagulls hair, and painting all of my pink childhood furniture black because it was chic.

 
Do you remember when you started on this journey of making something beautiful out of a piece of discarded decor, or dilapidated furniture?
For most of us it was out of necessity as poor college students or newlyweds.  But somewhere along the line, a love for helping a swan emerge from ugly duckling status grew and he were are.
 
 
This dresser has held all of the sweet baby clothes for my little girl for the past two years, and is now ready for hold big girl items like tights and tutu’s.  I couldn’t help myself, I had to do a little tablescaping before bringing it upstairs and filling it full of her favorite things.
 
Do you have a piece of furniture you are working on right now? Maybe you are on the hunt for your next rescue, and instead of bringing home lost kittens, you are on the hunt for tables and pallets.
 
I appreciate you so much, thank you for coming along on these thrifty adventures with me.  It’s so much more fun together.  Plus, if we all end up in a support group for hoarding then we have each other right?
 
Hugs & Blessings
xoxo, Tanya

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How To Make A Modern Mirror

 
If you were asked what your decorating style is, what would you say? Contemporary, Traditional, Modern, Shabby, Country, French Country…most of us blur the lines more than we realize (especially DIY’ers!) Blurring the lines seems to be my official style, and I love to combine shabby with high-tech.  Modern with soft, a little unexpected and hopefully chic.
 
I love metallic finishes and y’all know I love me some spray paint.  I have tried making and upcycling a variety of mirrors, hot-gluing, sanding, distressing, painting, and I have come to realize that one cannot have enough picture frames, pillows, chalkboard, or funky mirrors.  One can also not have enough coffee, chocolate and Ryan Gosling pics saved on one’s computer.  But this project was so easy, I didn’t even need chocolate.  I know huh?!
 
 
I found a round mirror at Salvation Army for $5 a few months ago, the mirror came with a peeling Smurf sticker (only Goo-Gone would take it off!) and a lovely plasti-brass thin frame.  Into the craft room it went.  On another thrifting expedition I found a bag of 18 wood rings that you could use for hanging drapes.  They were under $3 so we are into this for eight bucks.  I already had this fabulous silver Metallic Krylon paint on hand from another project so the paint cost is at zero.  You don’t have to pick these items up thrifting to recreate this little modern belle, all could be found at WalMart or Target too.  Here is what I used, and how I went from Smurf-tastic to Awesomespice in one afternoon:
 
Supplies:
  • One mirror
  • Rings to go around the edge (I used 18 better to have too many if you find more)
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice.  I love this Krylon paint, zero priming!
  • Paper and tape to cover the glass while you paint
  • Super glue (I love Gorilla Super Glue) to attach painted rings to mirror
 
Directions:
  • Prep mirror by covering glass with paper and tape so paint does not sneak in.  If you are able to remove the frame, even better.
  • I used two coats of spray paint allowing each to dry well between coats on each side of the rings, and each side of the mirror.
  • Once they were all dry, I placed the rings around the edge of the mirror and I glued small dots of super glue on the underside of each ring, setting each in place down on the glass to dry.
 
 
 
Another good cleaning and this little modern beauty is hanging out with some of my new fall fabrics which are waiting to become “new” fall pillows this weekend.  Check back in next week to see how easy it is to recover pillows with and without sewing!
 
Happy creating, hugs & blessings to you and your family,
 
xoxo, Tanya
 
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My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,Sugar Bee Crafts, A Diamond In The Stuff, Home Stories A to Z, Reasons To Skip Housework, Domestically Speaking, How To Nest For Less, Organize & DecorateEverything, Ladybug Blessings, Cherished Bliss, The DIY Dreamer,The Sasse Life, The Winthrop Chronicles (button below), Cozy Little House, Homework (button below), Organizing Home Life

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Savvy Southern Style, Someday Crafts, Ginger Snap Crafts, Clean & Scentsible, The Trendy Treehouse, Uncommon Designs, Southern Lovely, Lil’ Luna (button below)
Family Home and Life, Practically Functional, Vintage Gwen, Rae Gun Ramblings, The CSI Project, I Gotta Create, Tales Of A Trophy Wife, Pincushion Creations

Thursday
Delightful Order,The Shabby Creek Cottage Somewhat Simple
Embracing Change, House Of Hepworths, 52 Mantels, Thrifty Decorating, Not Just A Housewife, Beyond The Picket Fence, AKA Design, Crafty Scrappy Happy,Christina’s Adventures, The 36th Avenue,Johnny In A Dress
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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties